The sale of another intriguing Hampshire house, Green Place at Stockbridge, underlines the county?s rich literary and artistic heritage. Built in 1906 for the lawyer Arthur Norman Hill by the Arts-and-Crafts architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott, Green Place was originally a weekend cottage which was later enlarged when Mr Hill moved there permanently in 1921. From the early 1980s, until her death last year, Green Place was the home of Lady Wykeham, a gifted architect and painter who was the eldest daughter of the novelist and playwright J. B. Priestley.

Lady Wykeham was a great admirer of Baillie Scott?s work, and many of Green Place?s original features have been carefully preserved. As has its wonderfully tranquil setting in the heart of the Test Valley, yet it?s close to the centre of Stockbridge, one of Hampshire?s prettiest towns. Woolley & Wallis (01794 512129) quote a guide price of £1.5m for the house, which has four reception rooms, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and 3.5 acres of gardens and grounds.